English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Higher

What is special about this course?

What is special about this course?

Students will develop skills in reading, speaking, listening and writing to a high level and will develop confidence in interacting with others in a variety of contexts.

Entry requirements

ESOL National 5 / Intermediate 2.

Or an equivalent English qualification.

The course consists of one compulsory unit (Everyday Communication) and one optional unit (either Work or Study). At the end of the course there is an external exam which tests students’ listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.



How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will attend a class twice a week and there will also be work to do at home.

Higher ESOL is a 120 hour course.

Teaching by video conference may also be available


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Part-time, day and evening classes

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Anderson High School

Start date

Start dates from September.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

See the funding page. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: you can progress on to a range of further and higher education (including degree) courses.

Employment/Career: this course opens up a range of opportunities to study other college or university courses or help you find a better job.

Former students have: moved on to study at a higher level, and obtained more relevant employment.


Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

“The writing skills I learned for formal letters and reports will be particularly helpful for my work.”

“I enjoyed learning what the differences are between formal and informal English.”


“Doing an ESOL course may help students get a place on a further / higher education course and improve their job prospects.”

Celia Smith, ESOL Programme Leader


If you are interested in applying for an English for Speakers of Other Languages course, please contact:

01595 771000

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland UHI UHI. Shetland UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.